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Dueling experts testify about concept of ‘repressed memory’ at Michael Kelly trial

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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:29 am, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

Two experts testified on the concept of repressed memory Friday in the clergy sexual abuse civil case against Father Michael Kelly.

Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, who began his testimony on Thursday, finished up on Friday. Bodkin is an associate professor at Harvard University's medical school. He said that there is no scientific proof that repressed memory is a valid concept.

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  • Tim Lennon posted at 9:57 am on Mon, Mar 26, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    The Judge declines the testimony of a second child to come forward with accusations of child sexual abuse by Fr. Kelly. Amazing! A young man, now 21, alleges abuse by Fr. Kelly when he was 10. The present plaintiff also accuses Kelly of abuse when he was 10. To any rationale person, to any parent, those accusations signal a horrifying pattern worthy of protective measures, and calls for the removal of Kelly from any ministry and access to children.

    Contrary to good sense Stockton Church Officials keep Kelly in ministry. During the trial we heard both the Stockton Vicar General, Msgr Ryan, and Bishop Blaire describe knowing of numerous instances of inappropriate behavior with children involving tickling, "rough housing," etc. Yet did the the bishop investigate these instances? No! The church officials did not interview or investigate! Amazing!

    Any when the father of the plaintiff contacted the Stockton Diocese telling of the rape and abuse of his child by Kelly, did Bishop Blaire investigate? Yes, they investigated the VICTIM! They did not investigate Kelly, any of the previous complaints of Kelly by parents and did not interview other priniciples.

    Biship Blaire should be ashamed. He continues the reprehensible practice of church officials around the world, "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" when responding to child sex abuse by clergy. The maintainance of their power, prestige and standing overrides their interest in protecting children.

    The actions and lack of actions of Stockton Bishop Blaire demonstrate the lowest moral character.

  • Tim Lennon posted at 9:33 am on Mon, Mar 26, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Items of note concerning child abuse and Fr. Kelly:
    1. Dr. Bodkin said there is no proof of repressed memory and no proof that repressed memory, if fact, exists. He acknowledges many in the field hold both outlooks.
    2. Bodkin's view that an adult molester may not harm a child if the molester is "nice," gives gifts and rewards and the child is "looking forward to meeting" is alarming. Why would Bishop Blaire hire such a reprehensile "expert?"

    What cost to the the health and welfare children of the community will Bishop Blaire pay to rationalize, cover, hid and protect those who endanger children?



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